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Steve Jobs: 5 Things We Miss Most

Let's take a moment to remember the work and ideas of the late Steve Jobs, who would have turned 60 today.
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"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

This quote, taken from Steve Jobs's 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, was chosen by current Apple CEO Tim Cook to remember his friend and mentor on Twitter. Had he lived, Jobs would have turned 60 today.

A few months before he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in October 2011, the late CEO entrusted Cook, who previously held the position of Apple COO, with control of the company Jobs co-founded in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

Years after his passing, Jobs's spirit continues to live on among tech users around the world and especially at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where his office on the fourth floor remains exactly as he left it – right down to his name on the door, as reported by the Daily Mail.

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"He stood for innovation, for the simple, not the complex," said Cook in a PBS interview. "All of these things are still deep in our company."

Jobs, born in 1955, would later go on to become the face of digital disruption. From the PC to the iPod, from the iPhone to iPad, Jobs's work embodied a saying of his that's popping up across social media feeds today more often than usual:

"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything."

Jobs was fortunate to live out those words many times over the course of his life and career. Under his leadership, Apple churned out products that changed the way we read, write, think, communicate and consume digital media. It continues to do so today. Who knows, the company may eventually change the way we drive.

The Apple of today, which is valued at more than $750 billion, is a far cry from the small company that was sparked with the creation of the Apple I. Today we remember and honor Jobs's entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and passion for his work. Here are a few of the traits we miss the most:

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Kelly22,
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2/25/2015 | 9:25:38 AM
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I'd agree. Collaboration is essential, but who picks the collaborators? Leadership is important to building and leading a team to develop products like Apple has. And where would the company be without strong leaders?
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2/25/2015 | 6:31:23 AM
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I don't know - I am not an Apple fan by a long shot.  But Jobs was clearly an astounding visionary, guys like that are few and far between.  I don't argue that there are other smart people at Apple, but they never would have had the successes they had without Jobs.
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ClassC,
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2/25/2015 | 1:18:37 AM
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I agree Leadership is a must but if the truth be told - some might argue he was a tyrant. Of course it is difficult to keep a ship moving towards a destination on a few see, so convincing them to give maxium effort is a difficult task.

When he came back to Apple legend has it he was very tough, even into his final years.   So how does that play into Leadership ? Is it leading by fear ?     Apparently it ( leadership)  is more than just vision.
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ClassC,
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2/25/2015 | 1:08:41 AM
Remembering Steve Jobs: Then and Now.
Thanks Kelly for taking some time to remember some of the traits of Mr. Jobs,   needless to say a true visionary.  

I certainly respect his vast contribution to the world of tech and I don't even want to think about what he might have had in store.  

But his work should inspire all of us to do more,  expect more and be more.

 

Thanks Steve.
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SachinEE,
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2/24/2015 | 11:41:01 PM
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@Nemos: You are right. Just because we lost one Jobs doesn't mean there aren't people like Jobs. They need the right exposure and leadership chances to show. 
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2/24/2015 | 11:37:41 PM
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@D. Henschen: True. Apple was a company that was loitering around the doorsteps of various products that they didn't have the design and the marketing capabilities for. They lagged way too much until Jobs came back. Not only did he guide the company right, only the products blueprints that had developed under the leadership of Jobs are still selling millions and making Apple billions.
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2/24/2015 | 6:22:56 PM
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I can't agree with this point. Leadership matters a lot. There were good people at Apple when it was faultering, but it took Jobs to turn things around and give those people -- and new ones that Jobs brought in -- the vision that they needed to succeed. Collaboration is great, but without leadership, we're all lost.
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2/24/2015 | 5:40:44 PM
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When I read the first lines of the article, I became sad because I realize that undoubtedly a great person at the age of 60 passed away.

But at this point I have to mention that our society like "heroes" and we want to believe and rely on them. Unfortunately, nothing happens, nothing works if a group of people does not work and cooperate together. Everybody is great out there just give to the people the opportunities they need and be focused on how we can and should cooperate. Don't focus on "stars" anymore just focus on cooperation.
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